Los Angeles, CA -Â Universal Studios Hollywood announced today that they are bringing their amazingly successful, Wizarding World of Harry Potter, to the Southern California theme park. Since it opened at the Universal’s Island of Adventure last year they have seen a rise in attendance of about 40 to 50% said Steve Burke the executive vice president of Comcast the company that owns a majority share of NBC/Universal.
The Universal Studios Hollywood version will be built in the existing area of the park, though not mentioned were it will be located on the property or what attractions will be apart of the project. Universal Studios president Ron Meyer said,Â “We’re not landlocked, we’re (on) 400 acres on this lot and 200 of them are still not developed.”Â I am sure a version of their popular attraction, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” will make its way out west which is housed in a replica of Hogwarts Castle in Florida. Governor of California Jerry Brown said,Â “Yeah, we have some tough times, but the movie industry keeps hope alive.” Also in attendance was James and Oliver Phelps who played George and Fred Weasley in the Harry Potter films to announce the new expansion and enjoy the famous beverage “ButterBeer” with all the guest in attendance.Â
Though it is expected to open in 2015 at the theme park no exact timetable was released. This single announcement will help bring Universal Studios into full competition with the likes of local theme parks such as Disneyland, that for the last ten years has expanded the Anaheim property into a resort destination with construction concluding next year with the Cars Land addition to Disney California Adventure opening in Spring/Summer. Universal Studios will also be adding a new attraction this Spring with a version of the Transformers: The Ride which opened this past weekend at the theme park in Singapore.
The press conference also added that the current area at Islands of Adventure will be expanding to bring in more adventures to the popular area.Â Universal Studios Hollywood is the property of Comcast Communications which operates NBC/Universal.